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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
bristlenose plecoes.

I there I have two female bristlenose plecoes the one is the albino she is about 2 inches and the black one is about 1.8 inches. My mother has two albino males about 3 inches. I want to breed the but do not know at what age they will breed and if the albino will breed with the black one? Can some one please help o my mom has a 110litre tank
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 08:07 PM
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I want to know, too! Some of our members breed these guys, I'm sure one of them will be around soon enough :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-27-2013, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
After I posted this. I read somewhere on the internet that they start sexualy maturing when they are about 1 year old. But I can't say for certain I am very new to the bristlenose plecoes.
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Correct, they mature around 1 year of age. They, the fish, have no color or fin length preferences for breeding with each other.
BN plecos are easy to breed, you just need to provide a breeding cave, a male, add female(s), and you'll likely get lots of eggs. I breed mine in a 29 gallon tank and currently have 100+ BN fry in various tanks about the house. Males can be territorial, so if you have more than one male in a tank, make sure the tank is large enough and has multiple pieces of driftwood spread across the tank for hiding spots. BN plecos need driftwood for their digestive processes.

Regarding the breeding cave, I prefer the "blunt" end caves, not the ones that come to a point. I got mine from a pottery person on aquabid, but you can find them lots of places. Look around the forum here, there are lots of posts about breeding the BN that should be helpful.

As always, BEFORE breeding a ton of fish babies, make sure you have some type of plan to re-home them! Took me 6 months to re-home 35 angelfish fry last year!

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-28-2013, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
Thank you that is very helpfull I just got a driftwood log but my one female died because she decided to go into the bubbles of the filter got hurt. But the other female is alive and well. Someone told me pvc pipe is also okay for a cave??
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Thank you so much for your input, it's always great to hear from one of our been there done that members!

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good point about knowing what you'll be doing with the babies before they arrive. . . you have soooooo many baby bristlenoses over there! Makes me happy. . .

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Thank you that is very helpfull I just got a driftwood log but my one female died because she decided to go into the bubbles of the filter got hurt. But the other female is alive and well. Someone told me pvc pipe is also okay for a cave??
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PVC pipe should work, I can't think of any reason why it would not work. You may want to cap one end to give it more of a "cave" feel. Use big PVC pipe, 2" or larger in diameter so the adults can turn around without any difficulty

I finally had to put a mesh (w/rubber bands to hold in place) over the uplift tubes on my sponge filters. My larger BN fry kept getting stuck in the tube. I lost several that way. If you use powerheads on your sponge filters, be careful also. If you turn the powerheads off during tank cleaning, the fry may swim into the outflow opening and get chopped up when you plug the powerhead back in!
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18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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